Anxiety is a normal part of life—it can even be
useful at times. But for some people, anxiety is a
persistent problem that interferes with daily activities
such as work, school or sleep. This type of anxiety can
disrupt relationships, enjoyment of life and, over time,
it can lead to health concerns (i.e., ulcers, headaches,
hypertension, etc.) and other problems.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by
at least six months of persistent, excessive and
Common symptoms may include:
a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
an increased heart rate
Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
Feeling weak or fatigued
Anxiety Disorder is a mental health condition. Your
worries may not go away on their own. If you think you
may have GAD, you should seek the help of your doctor or
a mental health provider, before it gets worse.
Treatment with medication, counseling or lifestyle
changes can generally help.